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Early Wright Lecture: Tony Bolden

When: 3/26/2010
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On Friday, March 26, at 1 p.m., poet and scholar Tony Bolden will give the annual Early Wright Lecture at the Department of Archives and Special Collections Center on the third floor of the J.D. Williams Library on the University of Mississippi campus. Bolden, an associate professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, was a panelist in several of the early Blues Today Symposia sponsored by Living Blues. Organized through the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Living Blues, and the Blues Archive, Bolden’s lecture will be entitled “The Epistemology of Blue/Funk." Following the Early Wright lecture, two archivists from the University of Georgia, Margaret Compton and Renna Tuten, will show two silent home movies shot on 8mm Kodachrome film stock dating to c. 1942 and 1952 from the family of Rayburn Moore, son of Max Moore, founder of Interstate Grocery and creator King Biscuit Flour. The earlier film (4 minutes long) depicts Robert Junior Lockwood and Sonny Boy Williamson performing together on the porch of a country grocery store in Arkansas, and the later film (12 minutes long) shows segments from a 1952 bus tour through Arkansas with Williamson and various King Biscuit Time band members performing.

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